Fraser

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It wasn’t until my final year at university that I really gave any consideration to Christianity. Up until that point I had always thought, you cannot prove or really know whether or not God exists and so I’d always left it at that. But it’s not until you look into something and really explore it and give it a chance that you realise you may have misunderstood what that thing is all about, and I think I did that with Christianity. Looking at it in terms of proof is the wrong way to go about it because it ignores the heart knowledge aspect of Christianity and focuses purely on head knowledge. It would be like trying to analytically prove love, which is pointless but doesn’t make it any less powerful. And then at university a special friend made me want to look at Christianity again as it was amazing seeing how positive and important God is in her life. Seeing that in someone else made me want to explore the spiritual and religious element of my life that I had been neglecting.

And it is this time round that I have come to appreciate what Christianity is truly about. It’s about forming a personal relationship with God and following Jesus. I think that sitting around waiting for God to reveal himself to you actually stops you from finding him. It says in Luke to be proactive, Chapter 11:9 says, ‘Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find’. And so on the 23rd August I actively prayed with Ali and he invited the Spirit into my life and I have felt a change in me since then. Having opened myself to God, I have felt a peace and joy in things that wasn’t so obviously there before. Even when day to day issues are weighing me down, that underlying feeling is still present.

Neil used the analogy of the Spirit being like the wind and us being like a sailing boat. I liked that analogy, as that seems to me what the Spirit feels like, without the power of the wind, the sail is just a piece of fabric and you don’t go anywhere, or I think in my case you use a big outboard motor and go in your own direction. But I don’t think that really works when there’s just ocean in every direction, it might be fun for a bit but it lacks meaning. And so replacing the motor and opening my sail, which is like opening my heart to God has allowed me to feel the power and influence of the Spirit. And I still don’t always fully understand where I’m being blown but there is a reassurance and comfort in allowing the Spirit in.

Since that day, I have continued to read the message of the bible. And through that, and the people and leaders at this church and praying and my family and Heidi, I have been getting excited about the story of Jesus and feel like I have been developing a personal relationship with God. I’ve realised it’s not about good deeds or living up to a checklist but accepting the gift of God’s grace and putting my faith in him. And that is obviously a humbling gift to receive considering that it is only through Jesus dying for my sins that it is possible to receive God’s unconditional love and not through anything I have done. And that has given me a sense of wonder that makes me want to show my appreciation, which is partly why I am here today. The other reason is to start a new life by washing away my sins. I think that it’s sometimes hard to stay mindful of the fact that they have been forgiven and so there’s no need to be burdened by guilt for them, as that can actually stand in the way of coming to know God and so it is also for this reason that I am here today. The gospel says that it is important to repent and be baptised and this should be done early on and so I want to do this to commit to Jesus and continue building my faith in God.

This week at Victoria

April 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Wednesday 25th April 2018

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Sunday 29th April 2018

5th Sunday Celebration  10.30am in Main Auditorium

May 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 6th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Saturday 12th May 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 20th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Monday 21st May 2018

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 27th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Sunday 10th June 2018

Family Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Sunday 17th June 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Sunday 24th June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

July 2018

Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Saturday 14th July 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

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